Family of man charged in wife’s death call shooting ‘senseless act’

Family of man charged in wife’s death call shooting ‘senseless act’
Jeffrey Hawkins (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)
Jeffrey Hawkins (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Family of the man accused of fatally shooting his wife are calling the incident a "horrific act of domestic violence."

Jeffrey Hawkins, 57, called 911 and told a dispatcher he shot and killed his wife, JoAnn Hawkins, on Monday.

His family released a statement Thursday saying they "fully trust the justice system to take the proper course of action."

A spokesman for JoAnn's relatives, George Brunemann, said Jeffrey Hawkins had made threats toward the family in the past.

Hawkins, a former police officer from the Chicago-area, faces one count of murder.

The shooting was reported just before 11 a.m. Monday on Appletree Court.

In a sworn statement, Colerain Township police wrote that Hawkins called 911 to report that he had shot and killed his wife.

The entire statement from Jeffrey Hawkins' family:

"Our family is extremely shaken and devastated over this senseless act. Our deepest sympathies go out to Jo Ann's sons, family and friends. We pray that God will hold them close, and bring comfort to them during this difficult time. We do not condone this horrific act of domestic violence and fully trust the justice system to take the proper course of action. We ask that you respect our family's privacy and please continue to pray for all involved."

Officers responded to the residence in the 3900 block of Appletree Court and found her dead "by several gunshot wounds," police wrote in an affidavit filed with Hamilton County Municipal Court.

"Jeffrey advised in the 911 call that he had set the firearm, used in the incident, on the kitchen countertop," the sworn statement reads. "Jeffrey was outside his residence upon police arrival and was taken into custody."

In the 911 tape, the caller identifies himself as Jeff Hawkins.

"I just shot and killed my wife," he tells the dispatcher.

"You said you just shot and killed your wife?" the dispatcher responded.

"Yes," he said. "I'm not a threat to anybody - I'm a former police officer - I'm not sure what happened."

The caller said he was fighting with his wife over money.

"She took out all of the money out of our bank account on my birthday Saturday and you guys were out here a couple of times," he said.

"She was gone and I came home and she was here. She just wouldn't talk to me. She kept saying talk to my lawyer.  I don't know.  It just happened.  I never wanted to do anything.  I'm just so hurt.  I'm alright.  I mean I'm not alright. God... god forgive me."

A judge on Tuesday set Hawkins' bond at $3 million.

Hawkins has appeared in the past on FOX19 NOW as a police and security expert.

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